The prisoners were all members of the PKK, Kurdish Worker's Party, an armed communist party seeking the independence of Kurdistan. Since 1984 the PKK has fought a bitter war against the Turkish government and army. The war has been characterized by massive human rights abuses against the Kurdish civilian population and captured combatants. Those desiring more information about the PKK and its struggle should write: Kurdistan Information Center, 11 Portland Gardens, P.O. Box 1922, London, N4 1DL, England.
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